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LouiseAnna: stopping off in Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands

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Who: Louise, Anna, Kim & Geoffrey

Where: Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Boat: Nautitech 40

Blog:  www.sailinglouiseanna.blogspot.com


Arriving in the Marquesas was exciting! The first island we visited was Fatu Hiva in the south. We could only just make out a silhouette of the mountains when the moon managed to shine through the thick clouds. The smell was overpowering. It was as though thousands of flowers were enveloping our boat! It was 11pm and instead of waiting all night for the sun to come up, we were being guided into the anchorage by our friends who had arrived a few days earlier and had saved us a great spot! After a well-deserved beer and a good night’s sleep, we took a long breakfast under the rain. The girls experienced the smell for the first time, and they were like dogs sniffing around a new garden!  After the rain had rinsed off all the salt and reenergized us, we decided it was time to set foot on land. It was a great feeling after 27 days out at sea. Tall green walls surrounded us, and we just couldn’t believe that we had made it this far. To conclude these two already very intense days, we had a Marquesan dinner with 4 other boats at Jean-Pierre’s house. They cooked a wild pig in a hole in their garden, covered by banana leaves and ‘juten’ bags. The meat was deliciously soft and accompanied by manioc in coconut, steamed breadfruit, ...

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